The Lee’s Summit North High School social studies department recently created a website focusing on Black History Month, recognized each February nationally and in Lee’s Summit R-7 schools.
The website, features biographies and photos for 101 great Americans. The African-Americans’ accomplishments cover a wide range of areas such as art, literature, sports, science, civil rights, music and discovery.
Throughout the month of February, teachers at LSNHS are encouraging students to visit the website and leave comments about the Americans featured. Teachers in social studies and other classes are incorporating the website biographies into lessons. The biographies have also been divided by subject to help teachers in lesson planning.
A few examples of the Americans included in the website are Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Buck O'Neill, Alex Haley, Harriett Tubman, Bill Cosby and Booker T. Washington. Plans call for the website to be updated in future years with information about additional great Americans.
Black History Month has its origins in Negro History Week, an idea pioneered by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926. In 1976, the idea was expanded into Black History Month.
The public is also invited to visit the LSNHS Black History Month website at http://lsnblackhistorymonth.-
wordpress.com/. It will remain accessible throughout February and beyond for students, teachers and community members.